Saldana Wins as Outlaws Debut at Sheboygan County By Outlaw Sprint PR Plymouth, WI (July 31) Sheboygan County Fair Speedway Only a second place finish in his heat race kept Joey Saldana from sweeping the World of Outlaws debut at Sheboygan County Fair Speedway Saturday night. Saldana set a new track record in qualifying, won the first Dash, and led all forty laps in the A-feature, holding off eighteen time series champion Steve Kinser in a thrilling duel. The victory was Saldana's third of the 2004 season.
Saldana, the 1996 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, and Kraig Kinser (the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader) paced the field to the green flag, and raced side by side into turn one, where Saldana moved to the high side of the speedway to grab the lead. Kinser was running second when he bicycled in turn four and lost four positions on lap three. Brian Paulus brought out the event's first caution flag with three laps completed when he stopped in turn four with brake problems.
Sixth starting Danny Lasoski used the cushion in turns one and two to take third from Steve Kinser on the fifth circuit, with Craig Dollansky passing Kraig Kinser for fifth place on the same lap. Nine time and defending Interstate Racing Association champion Joe Roe followed Dollansky by Kinser, and began a side-by side battle with "The Crowd Pleaser" that lasted nearly the entire race. Saldana began to lap slower cars on lap nine, with a five carlength lead over Donny Schatz. Roe passed Dollansky for fifth on lap fifteen, with Steve Kinser getting third back from Lasoski one lap later.
Seventh running Kraig Kinser tangled with the lapped car of Dave Enders on lap twenty-one, spinning his car in the second corner. Steve Kinser took second from Schatz on the twenty-third lap, only to have Schatz return the favor two laps later. On the restart, Todd Hepfner, winner of three of the last four IRA races at Sheboygan County Fair Speedway, took sixth from Joe Roe, but spun in turn four while attempting to pass Dollansky for fifth on lap twenty-eight.
Schatz and Steve Kinser traded second on laps thirty-one and thirty-two before Kinser took the position for good when Schatz jumped the cushion in turn two on the thirty-fourth lap. Lasoski passed Schatz for third a lap later. Daryn Pittman began a late-race charge by passing Roe for sixth on lap thirty-five, and taking fifth from Dollansky a lap later. With thirty-five laps complete, the caution flag waved again for Kraig Kinser, who got together with Brian Kristan in turn three. As the race went back to green flag conditions, the lapped car of Jason Meyers separated leader Saldana from second place Steve Kinser. The "King of the Outlaws" quickly got by Meyers, and used the bottom side of the speedway to track down Saldana, pulling even with the leader as the exited turn four to complete lap twenty-eight. Saldana chose to move to the low side entering turn one, and Kinser nearly spun his car while trying to avoid contact. The near spin by Kinser allowed "The Brownsburg Bullet" to pull away and win the event by ten carlengths.
"We had a little softer tire on than anyone else, so that's why we stayed on the top the whole time," Saldana said in victory lane. "I saw Jason (Meyers) down there running the bottom running just about as fast as we were, but I was afraid to get off the cushion. At the end I saw someone down there, so I knew I had to get to the bottom if I wanted to win the race. I didn't know who was beside me, but I knew it wasn't a black car anymore, and so I got down to where I needed to be."
Saldana's win was his first with Rob Hart, who replaced Mike Cool as the crew chief on the Volcano Joe's, Champion Rescue Tools Maxim last week. The Woodward Motorsports entry is the third car that Saldana has driven in World of Outlaws events this season. "I can't thank my car owner Larry Woodward enough for putting me in this car. We're just trying to work hard and build for next year, and if we do then maybe we'll have a shot to race with Steve (for the World of Outlaws championship)." Rookie of the Year contender Erin Crocker earned the hard charger honors, moving from outside row seven to finish ninth, her fourth career top ten finish (all of them coming since June 29th).
World of Outlaws Sheboygan County Fair Speedway July 31, 2004 Qualifying 1) Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 11.326 (New single lap record) 2) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 11.417 3) Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 11.634 4) Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 11.660 5) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.674 6) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 11.693 7) Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 11.718 8) Jac Haudenschild, Forbrook 5, 11.719 9) John Haeni, King 21J, 11.748 10) Joe Roe, Cowman 02, 11.754 11) Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.801 12) Danny Wood, Wright 35, 11.833 13) Brian Kristan, Kristan 5K, 11.855 14) Todd Hepfner, Hepfner 28H, 11.868 15) Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 11.979 16) Kurt Davis, Fattfro 6K, 11.994 17) Dave Uttech, Uttech 68, 12.005 18) Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 12.010 19) Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 12.012 20) Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 12.059 21) Steve Meyer, Meyer 85M, 12.067 22) Mike Kertscher, Osborn 80K, 12.077 23) Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 12.082 24) Dave Enders, ELKS Racing 51E, 12.144 25) Kim Mock, Osborn 1M, 12.184 26) Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 12.323 27) Mike Stefka, Dworek 83D, 12.343 28) Jim Melis, M&M Motorsports 51M, 12.350 29) Ty Bartz, Snapper Motorsports 75, 12.393 30) Scott Biertzer, Biertzer 4B, 12.413 31) Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 12.427 32) Todd King, King 97, 12.438 33) Don Goeden, Schroff 9, 12.493 34) Kurt Winker, Hartnell 48H, 12.505 35) Fred Ebler, Ebler 64, 12.604 36) Scott Nietzel, Nietzel 2W, 12.672 37) Bob Bennett, ACME 3, 12.723 38) Bill Warren, Warren 95, 12.785 39) Rick Kelsey, Kelsey 11R, 12.786 40) K.J. Shelton, Shelton 80, 13.023 41) Rusty Egan, Egan 50, 13.040 42) Jason Johnson,. Johnson 44, 13.140 43) Jeremy Schroeder, Schroeder 43, 13.217 44) Tim Vandevere, Vandevere 7V, 13.349 45) Wayne Modjeski, MMZ Motorsports 77, 13.375 46) John Edquist, Edquist 27, 13.423 47) Bill Wirth, Wirth 53W, 13.473 48) Michael Emme, Mueller 99E, 13.498 49) Troy Wondra, Wondra 32W, 13.885 50) Mike Counce, Counce 6C, 14.307 51) Al Schmidt, Schmidt 25S, 14.656 52) B.J. Irwin, Owings 19K, 15.424 53) Dave Maynard, Maynard 72, 18.441 54) Ryan Irwin, Irwin 49, No time. 55) Russ Wetenkamp, Wetenkamp GR8, No time.
D-main (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to C-main)-1) Jason Johnson 2) Wayne Modjeski 3) Bill Wirth 4) Jeremy Schroeder 5) Troy Woondra 6) Al Schmidt 7) Michel Emme 8) Ryan Irwin 9) John Edquist 10) B.J. Irwin 11) Mike Counce 12) Rusty Egan 13) Tim Vandevere 14) Dave Maynard 15)-Russ Wetenkamp (DNS)
First Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Kurt Davis 2) Joey Saldana 3) Dave Enders 4) Kim Mock 5) Bob Bennett 6) Ty Bartz 7) John Haeni 8) Don Goeden 9) Dave Uttech 10) Jac Haudenschild
Second Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Paul McMahan 2) Daryn Pittman 3) Jason Meyers 4) Joe Roe 5) Kraig Kinser 6) Tim Shaffer 7) Brandon Wimmer 8) Scott Biertzer 9) Bill Warren 10) Kurt Winker
Third Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Todd Hepfner 2) Steve Kinser 3) Craig Dollansky 4) Brian Paulus 5) Jason Sides 6) Fred Ebler 7) Rick Kelsey 8) Mike Kertscher 9) Mike Stefka 10) Brian Carlson
Fourth Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)-1) Donny Schatz 2) Danny Lasoski 3) Steve Meyer 4) Brian Kristan 5) Erin Crocker 6) Danny Wood 7) Jim Melis 8) Todd King 9) K.J. Shelton 10) Scott Nietzel
C-Main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)-1) K.J. Shelton 2) Scott Nietzel 3) Bill Warren 4) Rick Kelsey 5) Bill Wirth 6) Wayne Modjeski 7) Jason Johnson 8) Jeremy Schroeder 9) Fred Ebler 10) Kurt Winker (DNS)
First Dash (5 laps, finishing order determined inside first 8 rows of A-feature)--1) Joey Saldana 2) Donny Schatz 3) Joe Roe 4) Brian Paulus 5) Daryn Pittman 6) Jason Sides 7) Steve Meyer 8) Brian Kristan
Second Dash (5 laps, finishing order determined outside first 8 rows of A-feature)-1) Kraig Kinser 2) Steve Kinser 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Craig Dollansky 5) Todd Hepfner 6) Paul McMahan 7) Erin Crocker 8) Kurt Davis
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)-1) Tim Shaffer 2) John Haeni 3) Danny Wood 4) Jac Haudenschild 5) Dave Uttech 6) Todd King 7) Mike Kertscher 8) Jim Melis 9) Ty Bartz 10) Don Goeden 11) Scott Biertzer 12) Mike Stefka 13) Brian Carlson 14) K.J. Shelton 15) Scott Nietzel 16) Brandon Wimmer
A-main (40 laps)--1) Joey Saldana 2) Steve Kinser 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Donny Schatz 5) Daryn Pittman 6) Joe Roe 7) Craig Dollansky 8) Paul McMahan 9) Erin Crocker 10) Jason Sides 11) Tim Shaffer 12) Steve Meyer 13) John Haeni 14) Jac Haudenschild 15) Kim Mock 16) Kraig Kinser 17) Todd Hepfner 18) Danny Wood 19) Jason Meyers 20) Kurt Davis 21) Dave Enders 22) Brian Kristan 23) Brian Paulus 24) Bob Bennett Lap leaders: Joey Saldana 1-40